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Coronavirus affects volleyball’s spring training

Martha Konovodoff (7) attempts a serve in Marquette's loss to Purdue in the NCAA Tournament Dec. 7, 2019.

Zoe Comerford, Executive Sports Editor

March 26, 2020

The COVID-19 crisis has shut down professional sports seasons and even March Madness, so it was no surprise to find that collegiate spring sports were next. Marquette volleyball head coach Ryan Theis said he was not surprised about the cancellation of the remainder of the 2020 season for spring spo...

BREAKING: Merritt leaves Golden Eagles for Fighting Illini

The 2019-20 season was Scott Merritt's sixth with the program. 
(Photo courtesy of Marquette Athletics.)

John Leuzzi, Assistant Sports Editor

March 26, 2020

Marquette women's basketball assistant coach Scott Merritt joins former head coach Carolyn Kieger in the BIG Ten Conference.

Bennett, Mirsberger reflect on COVID-19 crisis

Head coach Louis Bennett stands on the sideline in Marquette's 2-1 exhibition win over the Milwaukee Torrent.

Tyler Peters, Assistant Sports Editor

March 25, 2020

With the unprecedented unraveling of many events during the coronavirus outbreak, the Marquette men's soccer team saw its spring season come to a screeching halt. "My first thoughts were, 'We're lucky everyone is safe.' Nothing is more important than the health and safety of our players," head coach...

Lacrosse programs react to NCAA granting eligibility relief

Marquette women's lacrosse celebrates during their 17-6 win over Cincinnati Feb. 14.

Zoe Comerford, Executive Sports Editor

March 24, 2020

Eighteen Marquette men’s and women’s lacrosse players’ final seasons came to an unexpected end March 12. Now the NCAA allowed an extra year of eligibility for those in spring sports.

Killings named associate head coach

Dwayne Killings was named associate head coach Friday. (Photo courtesy of Marquette Athletics.)

Tyler Peters, Assistant Sports Editor

March 23, 2020

Following the departure of Stan Johnson, the Marquette men's basketball program announced the promotion of Dwayne Killings to associate head coach Monday. Killings has been with Marquette for the last two seasons serving as an assistant coach. During his tenure, he has helped head coach Steve Wojciechows...

Pelaez’s program ‘feels good’ despite cancellation of spring season due to COVID-19

Marquette celebrates after a goal in its 1-1 double overtime tie to Creighton on Oct. 6.

John Leuzzi, Assistant Sports Editor

March 22, 2020

As events across the country and world are being canceled due the outbreak of the coronavirus, the Marquette women's soccer team is finding ways to make the best out of their suspended spring season. "It definitely isn’t ideal, no one has ever done this before. It has never happened,” head coa...

Howard named to AP All-America First Team

Markus Howard (0) attempts a jumper in Marquette's loss to Seton Hall Feb. 29 on Senior Day.

Zoe Comerford, Executive Sports Editor

March 20, 2020

For the second consecutive season, Markus Howard has earned a postseason honor from the Associated Press, being selected to the AP All-America First Team Friday morning. Howard, alongside 2020 BIG EAST Player of the Year Myles Powell, represent the BIG EAST Conference on the First Team. Dayton's Obi...

BREAKING: Stan Johnson receives head coaching job at LMU

Stan Johnson (center) coaches from the sidelines in Marquette's loss to Providence Jan. 7.

Zoe Comerford, Executive Sports Editor

March 20, 2020

Stan Johnson, associate head coach for men's basketball, is leaving Marquette and becoming the next men's basketball coach at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, the Lions' athletic director Craig Pintens announced in a statement Friday morning. "Stan has tremendous vision for the future of LMU men's basketball, and he has the distinct ability to connect with and ...

BIG EAST cancels spring sport championships

Marquette Athletics 2019-20 season ends. (Photo courtesy of Marquette Athletics.)

Zoe Comerford, Executive Sports Editor

March 12, 2020

NEW YORK CITY — The BIG EAST Conference announced a cancellation of all 2020 spring sports competitions Thursday because of COVID-19. This decision is effective immediately and it follows the NCAA's announcement to cancel all future winter and spring championships. This means that the 2019-20...

BREAKING: NCAA cancels March Madness

Markus Howard (0) high-fives fans after his final game at Fiserv Forum Feb. 29.

Zoe Comerford, Executive Sports Editor

March 12, 2020

NEW YORK CITY — The National Collegiate Athletic Association canceled both Division I men's and women's 2020 basketball tournaments, along with remaining winter and spring championships, due to the threat of coronavirus Thursday afternoon. "This decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public...

BREAKING: BIG EAST cancels men’s basketball tournament

Markus Howard standing at Madison Square Garden during last season's BIG EAST Tournament.

Zoe Comerford, Executive Sports Editor

March 12, 2020

NEW YORK CITY — With No. 9-seeded St. John’s leading No. 1 Creighton 38-35 at halftime, the conference decided to cancel the BIG EAST Tournament due to the coronavirus outbreak. "We're living in unprecedented times so some crazy things happen," Creighton head coach and BIG EAST Coach of the Year...

BIG EAST Tournament continues at MSG despite NCAA ruling

Val Ackerman speaks to the media about COVID-19 at the BIG EAST awards ceremony.

Zoe Comerford, Executive Sports Editor

March 11, 2020

NEW YORK CITY — To end the conference's awards ceremony, BIG EAST Commissioner Val Ackerman addressed how the league plans to deal with the rapid spread of coronavirus during this week's conference tournament. "We are moving forward with the tournament as planned, but it wasn't without careful deliberation...